Hipcamp host Eric R.,
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A close to home rustic camping experience. The property is open to explore including walking trails, two beaches, the 18 acre lake, and a wide variety of wildlife to observe. The campground area is on the north side of the property and the property extends a half mile south of the camp sites. Feel free to explore around the property and to find your favorite fishing spot

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A close to home rustic camping experience. The property is open to explore including walking trails, two beaches, the 18 acre lake, and a wide variety of wildlife to observe. The campground area is on the north side of the property and the property extends a half mile south of the camp sites. Feel free to explore around the property and to find your favorite fishing spot or place to relax. Other than a few neighbors on the south side of the property, you can enjoy a private experience on site. There are two outhouses near the campsites for use.

Only a short drive away you can pick up supplies from the local country store, Fisher's Grocery, or a few miles south find anything you might need in Rensselaer. If you're looking for a full day activity, look up Fair Oaks Farms Adventure center which is only 7 miles away.

Campsite area
Tent or RV sites
5 sites
Up to 4 guests per site
Up to 2 vehicles
Wheelchair access
2WD Accessible
RV Information
Travel trailers, Fifth wheels, Pop-up campers, Class A RVs, Class B RVs, Class C RVs, and Campervans allowed
Vehicles under 40 feet allowed
Back-in site
Accommodates slideouts
Surface type: loose-gravel
Surface levelness: flat
No Toy haulers and Cars
Hookups: No electricity, water, sewage, or TV connection
Generators not allowed
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Amenities
Picnic table available
No potable water
No kitchen
No showers
No wifi
Pack it out
Laundry absent
No hot tub
No playground
Have a question? Send Eric a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Flexible
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 9 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 15% off

Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Biking

Feel free to bring bikes for around the lake or around the surrounding County Roadways.

Fishing

We ask at this time to catch and release while we continue to build our fish stock. Thanks!

Swimming

Best swimming would be from the beach on the west side of the lake. The new beach being built on the north side is still under...Read more

Wildlife watching

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Brightstone Lake Camping in Indiana.

Beach
Forest
Lake
Field
Swimming hole
Farm

Places to see near Brightstone Lake

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Hipcamper Anna
Anna V.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
(Site 5)
August 2nd, 2022

It was a nice place for a road trip stop. I believe there were five gravel spots right next to each other and we had to put our tent on the gravel. Glad we were the Only ones there that night. The walk to the lake/pond was pretty and it was a nice spot to view some wildlife. But it was def. Too scummy to swim in no matter where and our girls were disappointed. We like lake swimming too. I wouldn't recommend for a long term camping getaway but fine for a quick stop. Not too far off the highway and near Lafayette.

Hipcamper Barry

Hidden gem!

Barry E.
recommends this listing.
(Site 5)
July 26th, 2022

What a hidden gem!

This little 5 space private campground is just a 15 min diversion if you are transiting north or south on I65 between Chicago and Indianapolis.

Well worth it!

First - the 'goods!'

-Extremely large gravel pads. You can easily get a 40' rig in the spots and leave your tow vehicle attached. Each spot has a picnic table and fire ring.

- Lovely lake that you can walk around and TWO sandy beach swimming areas. Our teens went straight in and really enjoyed the relaxing cool-off in July.

- Walking trails. The owner has cut many paths through this fairly young fallow meadow. These are not groomed paths but you aren't wading thru thigh high grass either.

- pet friendly.

- solitude. You are in the country. No highway or train track to ruin your tranquility. Very relaxing.

Now the 'others'. Not really others but just things you should know.

As of Jul '22
- no water on site. Fill up your jugs or your fresh tank before you leave the freeway. Southbound I65 has Loves truck stop. Notjing at the Rensselaer exit when north bound.
-single porta potty. It was clean and worked as advertised! But it is a porta potty...
- No electric
- Gravel country road to get to the private drive. Just take it slow.
- Drainage on paths around pond is so so. We were here after a lot of rain and had to pick our way around a lot of puddles to walk the trails.

Overall - worthy of Five Stars if rustic private camping is your thing. We hate the commercial grumpy overpriced

Hipcamper Tangaira
Tangaira L.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
July 17th, 2022

My family and I had a great time at Brightstone Lake. Very peaceful and quite.

Hipcamper Katelin

Cute but needs a little more work

Katelin C.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
(Site 1)
July 17th, 2022

I love the idea of this place, quiet, and cute. My only complaints is there wasn’t a place to properly wash up, and the water around the edges need cleaned up. Fishing lines were easily tangles and kids stepped on misc (plants, twigs, logs, etc) in the water. Other than that this will be a great place to camp. Very affordable little get away!

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Hipcamper Adam

Dogs first camp!

Adam K.
recommends this listing.
(Site 5)
July 13th, 2022

The property is beautiful! Quiet and has the whole place to ourselves. The lake and beach area are very pretty, some things I would note is that the sites are very open and I would bring some overhead awnings! We took our dogs for their first trip and this was an excellent choice!

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Hipcamper Eric
Response from Eric, the Host, on July 13th, 2022

Thanks a lot. Hope to have you again!

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Hipcamper George

Perfect overnight traveling site

George S.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
(Site 2)
July 11th, 2022

For my small van-camper, Brightstone site is the perfect basic overnight site while van-traveling:: quiet, clean, and comfortable. It’s a bit off main highways, but worth the few minutes and miles. The mile or so walk around the lake is flat and easy. It met my needs perfectly. Eric was text-responsive, which I appreciated.

Hipcamper Eric
Response from Eric, the Host, on July 13th, 2022

Thanks a lot. Hope to have you again!

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Hipcamper Julie
Julie W.
recommends this listing.
(Site 5)
July 11th, 2022

I had an awesome stay at Roaming Wild Hideaways! The spot is beautiful, creative, and tucked away with lots of privacy. There was a beautiful sunset and a great swing. Would definitely stay again!

Hipcamper Eric
Response from Eric, the Host, on July 13th, 2022

Thanks a lot. Hope to have you again!

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Hipcamper Grace
Grace S.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
(Site 3)
July 5th, 2022

The spaces are pretty close together for the large land area available. There was only one other group camping in the designated spots while we were there and we ended up right next to each other because the camp host said the other spots were booked... even though the other spots stayed empty the whole time. Would've liked to spread out more.

Several other groups were seemingly camped out around the lake, but there was no indication that was allowed-- I assumed it was neighboring land with neighbors camped. Who knows. Nice lake, and a nice walking trail. Porta potty was clean, but there was not much shade around, so it was pretty hot for July.

Hipcamper Madison

Relaxed camping and great access!

Madison M.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
July 5th, 2022

I loved Eric’s listing. It was easy to find, set up, and pack out. He was very accommodating and quick to respond. The listing has 5 great sites and is nicely cleared and graveled. The dog loved the ability to walk around the compound and along the small lake that is behind the sites.

Site 5
Hipcamper Eric
Response from Eric, the Host, on July 13th, 2022

Thanks a lot. Hope to have you again!

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Property
Brightstone Lake
State
Indiana
Country
United States
$30/night
5 Sites